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ck's Train, "Grassview" " under WWII Tree JACK NORDICK, Pastor of the Holy Rosary-St. Mary's a display in the Holy Rosary Rectory in Graceville that is ue. The tree is decorated with World War II vintage and the village scene at the base of the tree features r. gift from 1955 - an electric train! Fr. Jack is pictured of his most interesting collections - however, he has many, as well. Facts About 2002 were only 26 days between ring and Christmas this Santas employed by a mall is one. The average number of pictures taken with Santa at a mall is about t 1,000. About 10 billion holiday catalogs - about 50 per household - were mailed this year. Consumers will be spending about $800 billion during the season. professor tracks trends - the following interesting When you enter the Holy Rosary rectory, a very interesting Christmas tree will greet you - as well as a very complete little village, complete with a railroad and train - Grassville", as it is identified on the watertower. Father Jack Nordick is a collector "extraordinair' - and the train and the decorations on the Christmas tree - vintage World War II - are just two of his many collecuons. Father Jack said he received the electric train as a Christmas gift in 1955, and noted "it works!". He has been adding the village buildings and incidentals over the years, and if you look real close you will see that many of the buildings and signage have a great similarity to many in the city of Graceville. Father Jack stated he has found several of the items in his collection on e-Bay, and some of the more unique things are a house, under con- struction; a carved Indian, as well as a lake. There are street signs, along with churches and other identifiable buildings. He has also placed minia- ture billboards in "Grassview", typi- cal of those that appear in and around Graceville. The Christmas tree is decorated with World War II vintage decora- tions, including bubble lights, metal tinsel and lights with reflectors - also pieces he has purzhased through e- Bay. A most unique Christmas decora- tion - and enjoyed by all who visit the Rectory. Winter Blood Drive in County In Early January Mid winter weather in November and early December has not only pleasantly surprised residents of the Upper Midwest, it has also helped to stabilize regional blood supplies. However, with temperatures begin- ning to plunge and the on-going threat of significant snowfall as we turn the calendar to the New Year, Red Cross officials are concerned that the coming inclement weather will keep potential blood donors home. The need continues to be great. The Red Cross hopes to make and stock- pile frozen blood components during non-endemic months to minimize the risk of WNV-transmission during the summer months. West Nile has not been transmitted by blood in this region but a blood screening test is not yet available. Anyone who is 17 years of age, weighs at least 110 pounds, and is //Highest Voting Percentage considered to be in good health may be eligible to donate blood. There is no upper age limit, and the time com- mitment is minimal. Donors actually spend about one hour at the bloodmo- bile to allow for registration, health history, donation, snacks and relax- ation. The Red G'toss has scheduled con- venient blood dries in the area. On Tuesday, Jan. 7 the Bloodmobile will be at Ortonville at tile New Life Baptist Church, 605 N. Minnesota from 1-7 p.m; On Wednesday, Jan. 8 it will be at the Holy Rosary Parish Center in Graceville from 1-7 p.m; On Thursday, Jan. 9 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., the bloodmobile will be at the Clinton Memorial Building in Clinton; And on January 10 - Friday, it will be at the Beardsley City Auditorium from 8 a.rn. to 12 noon. For more information, call 1-800- GIVE-LIFE. Birthdays Illll As Taken From The Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. Tuesday, Dec. 24 Tom Scholberg, Steven Berkner, Richard Dinnel, Crystal Lynn Dinnel, Scott Stecker, Steven Hicks Wednesday, Dec. 25 Kristen Chan, Estelle Devenney, Norma Jean Burdick, Suzanne D. Nelson, Chris Eifealdt, Heidi Lindquist, Carol Thompson, Robert Hoberg, Karen Kolb, Lucie Thoreson Thursday, Dec. 26 Aaron Voegtli, Chuck Carl, Charles Lindquist, Kathy Helgeson, Nicholas Wolner, Curtis Olson, Cindy Wiseman Friday, Dec. 27 Marlyn Wiese, Chester Cornelisen, Vicki Rothi Sager, Jimmie Layne, Martha Schake, Jan Yaeger, Crispin Freiwald, Vickie Emde, Rachael Sallee Reiland, Holly Jo Axtell, Brenda Hofhenke, Jason Zumwalt Saturday, Dec. 28 Neal Brown, Jody Stotesbery Kottke, Heidi Hedman, Sheila Karn Sunday, Dec. 29 Sarah Michelle Johnson, Lisa Athey, Allen Henneberg, Heather Athey Raffety Monday, Dec. 30 Beverly Jones, Scott Nelson, Leah Kietzman, Samantha Jo Strege Tuesday, Dec. 31 Steve Scholberg, Betty Saeger, Michael Lovgren, Emily Meyer, Desiree Bethke in State ....... Sending warm wishes for a bright and beautiful Holiday Season. ORTONVILLE MBING & HEATING JERRY AND MIKE ORTONVILLE, MN North Hwy. 75 Ortonville, MN 56278 (next to EconoLodge) '99 GMC SLT Suburban Heated Leather, CD & Cassette, Fully Loaded, 70,000 Miles $16,900 Big Stone Co. Farm Bureau Recognized at State Meeting Big Stone County President Donald Diekmann attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) 84th Annual Meeting held November 23-25 in Bloomington. Big Stone County won awards for having regular board meetings, mem- bership gain, and new voting goals. They also had the highest voting per- centage gain in the state. The current board of directors are President Donald Diekmann, Vice President Terry Dybdahl, Secretary/Treasurer Jerome Holker, Steve Syverson, Kenny Kellen, Don Finberg, and Jim Reynolds. Some of the activities of the Big Stone County Farm Bureau include a picnic in July, Food Check off Day in Maro,,h, and the county convention in September. They also supported the 4-H livestock auction, food shelf, State Farni Bureau foundation, Legion Baseball, and the Big Stone County Museum in the past year. At the state convention, elections for board of director positions were held during the Delegate Session on November 25 and concluded the three-day convention. Re-elected were Vice President Kevin Paap of Garden City in Blue Earth County, District III Representative David Van Loh of Westbrook in Cottonwood County and District IV Representative Paul Call Dustin today at 320-839=0000333 IRes. 3 If Dustin doesn't have the car you want, he'll order it for you. MANY MORE TO CHOOSE FROM/ '01 Ford Taurus SE V6, Auto, CD Player, Aluminum Wheels, Loaded 61,000 Miles $7,995 or Make an Offer/ Stark of Kensington in Stevens County. John Brainerd of Ada in Norman County was elected to repre- sent District VII replacing Bennett Osmonson. Mark Mattson of Hancock in Stevens County will serve a one-year term on the board of direc- tors as the Young Farmers and Ranchers committee chair. Yvonne Erickson of Battle Lake in West Ottertail County will serve a one-year term as the Promotion and Education Committee chair. For information about joining Farm Bureau call Donald Diekmann or Jerome Holker. Farm Bureau is the largest general farm organization in Minnesota with more than 33,000 members. Nationwide, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has over 5 million members in approxi- mately 2,800 county Farm Bureaus. L )rary corner I The library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25. Have a Merry Christmas from all the staff at the Ortonville Public Library! New in General Fiction is Fern Michaels' "Kentucky Sunrise". The powerful conclusion to the dramatic saga of the Coleman and Thornton families follows Nealy Coleman Diamond, who is settling into her new marriage with lawyer Hatch Littletree, as she and her daughter Emmie battle each other while trying to train a new colt for the illustrious Kentucky Derby. Also new is Richard Paul Evans' "The Last Promise". Having followed her new husband to his native home in rustic Tuscany, Eliana distracts herself from her marital disappointments by caring for her asthmatic son and finds herself re- evaluating her life when she meets a fellow art love, American Ross Story. Also,new is Joan Collins' "Star Quality". Irish Millie McClancey escapes her humble origins to pursue a glamorous life on the stage, becoming the first of four generations of remarkable women to find success in the glittering world of show business, in a novel that moves from London's show halls during World War I to the heights of modern-day Broadway and Hollywood. New in Historical Fiction is James Lee Burke's "White Doves at Morning". Despite their misgivings about "'the Cause," Willie Burke and his best friends, three young men from New lberia, Louisiana, enlist in the Confederate Army and head off to war, in a novel that reflects the events and personalities of the Civil War from a Southern perspective and is drawn from the author's own family history. New in Suspense is James Patterson's "Four Blind Mice". With his resignation from the Washington Police interrupted by a case involving a friend who has been framed for murder, Alex Cross and partner John Sampson journey deep across military lines to confront the most brutal killer of their careers. ( Check out our web site at GEARING UP FOR CHRISTMAS The Christmas season is here, and we hope yours runs smoothly from the front end to the back. We'd like to wish everyone a great Christmas with miles of smiles! Thanks for doing business with us/ H & H Car Care Ortonville, Minnesota i INI Drummin00 up holida00 wiahe, "for and ,00our "famil00 Merry Closing at 12:00 Noon Dec. 24th. Closed Dec. 25th and Jan. Ist. Christmas from Dakota Country Landscapes & Floral South Hwy. 15 Milbank, SD #- 605-432-5900 q We Can Help You Send Flowers Tetdlora" to Your Loved Ones Anywhere NOXrC,,W To our customers in Clinton, Graceville, Beardsley, Dumont, Johnson, Barry Ortonville, Big Stone City and the surrounding area. One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say "Thank You" and to wish you the best for the new year. From your friends at STATTELMAN LUMBER CLINTON, MN : We will be closing Saturdays in January and February! Dec. 24, 2002  INDEPENDENT Page tic